Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President
BoardThe Board of Directors and staff of the League of Women Voters of Illinois are working hard this summer on a number of fronts and we want our members to know about some of those activities:

from LWVIL President, Bonnie Cox, addressed to Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno on the occasion of her resignation from the Illinois Senate.
It is with regret that we read of your resignation from the Illinois Senate. We remember your participation in a League event on September 16, 2013. To read the letter in its entirety, go here.

OpEd written by Bonnie Cox responding to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, chaired by Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, seeking voter data.   On June 28, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, created by executive order in May, sent a letter to election authorities in all 50 states requesting voter data.  For the entire OpEd, go here.

There is still time to register for the August 19 th Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) Summer Training in Bloomington, Illinois. Go here for more information.
BudgetAt Last: A Budget

Illinois has a full year budget for the first time in three years. While this is certainly good news, the damage done to our social services, financial standing and educational system has been devastating. 

Please read and share widely this statement from the Responsible Budget Coalition and thank you for taking action all over the state making calls to state legislators. Our collective work made a huge difference in their decision making, especially Republicans. http://www.responsiblebudget.org/node/190.

Your call to action: thank your State Senator and Representative who voted for the budget, with an email, call or public posting. This thank you is especially important to send to those Republican House members who had the courage to vote in spite of their leader' position:

Steven Andersson (65th)
Teri Bryant (115th)
Mike Fortner (49th)
Norrine Hammond (Assistant Republican Leader, 93rd)
David Harris (53rd)
Chad Hays (Assistant Republican Leader, 104th
Bill Mitchell (Assistant Republican Leader, 101st)
Reginald Philips (110th)
Mike Unes (Assistant Republican Leader, 91st).

Democrats voting no to override the Governor's veto:

John Connor (85th),
Jerry Costello II (116th),
Martin Moylan 55th),
Michelle Mussman (56th),
Katie Stuart (112th)
Sam Yingling (62nd).

Contact information for your State Representative can be found here:

The work that League members did to get this budget passed is extraordinary. Our efforts paid off. Thank you to all of you who heeded our calls to action.

Next steps on the budget and social policy issues will be shared soon. We will provide many types of opportunities for grassroots organizing, education and advocacy. Please open all Time for Action emails and let us know what you are doing locally.
IssuesNews from the LWVIL Issues Committee:  Health Care and Lots of Bills for Governor Rauner to sign

Go here to find out what you can do.

ModeratorGetting Ready for Elections in 2018!

The Voter Service Committee will be offering two 2017 Moderator Training Workshops
Both workshops will be on a Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. One will be held in Peoria on September 16th and another in Chicago on November 4th. Details will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please mark your calendars.
HighlightsHighlights from the 2017 LWVIL Convention

107 Delegates and alternates participated in the 2017 Convention along with 75 League members, friends and participants.  Here are some  highlights.

2018 LWVUS Convention is being held in Chicago beginning on June 28th and concluding on July 2nd at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60605.

LWVIL is currently seeking volunteers to serve on the Local Arrangements Planning Committee. Committees are being formed each of will a need a chair as well as a cadre of volunteers. If past LWVUS conventions are an indication, more than 100 volunteers will be needed from Illinois leagues.

More information about volunteering can be found here.

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